Archived - Lake Winnipeg East Side Road Project

Bloodvein 12; Bloodvein 12; Bloodvein 12 (MB)

Reasons for a Federal Assessment
Project Description
Environmental Assessment Report
Minister's Environmental Assessment Decision Statement
Final Decision
Follow-up Program

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Reference Numbers

Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry: 09-03-52056
Fisheries and Oceans Canada: 09‑HCAA‑CA1‑00953

Environmental Assessment Type

Comprehensive study

Other Assessment Process

Government of Manitoba

Responsible or Regulated Authorities

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Transport Canada

Reasons for a Federal Assessment

On December 11, 2009, it was determined that an environmental assessment was required in relation to the project because Fisheries and Oceans Canada considered taking action in relation to subsection 35(2) of the Fisheries Act; Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada considered taking action in relation to subsection 18(2) of the Indian Act and Transport Canada considered taking action in relation to section 5 of the Navigable Waters Protection Act.

Project Description (as posted in the Notice of Commencement)

On July 12, 2010, a series of amendments to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act came into force. As part of these amendments, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is playing an enhanced role in the environmental assessment of this project as it will perform the duties and functions of the responsible authority in relation to this project until the submission of the comprehensive study report to the Minister of the Environment.

As part of its new role, the Agency has posted a notice on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry inviting the public to comment on the project and the conduct of the comprehensive study.

This environmental assessment was started as a screening on December 11, 2009. On March 4, 2010, as a result of the January 21, 2010 Supreme Court of Canada ruling in MiningWatch Canada v. Canada (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans et al.), it was determined that the environmental assessment in relation to this project will be continued as a comprehensive study.

The East Side Road Authority is proposing to construct, operate, and maintain an all-season road from Provincial Road 304 at Manigotagan to Berens River.

Environmental Assessment Report

Comprehensive Study Report

Minister's Environmental Assessment Decision Statement

Canada's Environment Minister Announces Decision

Final Decision

A decision was taken on August 16, 2011 and was that the authorities may exercise any power or perform any duty or function with respect to the project because, after taking into consideration the comprehensive study report and taking into account the implementation of appropriate mitigation measures, the authorities are of the opinion that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

Follow-up Program

It was determined that a follow-up program to verify the accuracy of the environmental assessment and/or determine the effectiveness of any measures taken to mitigate the adverse environmental effects is required for this project. For further information or to obtain a copy of the follow-up program, please contact Fisheries and Oceans Canada.